“I don’t know if artists — if an artist’s job is to come up with answers…I think we gotta hold a mirror up and say…this is what’s happening and what are we gonna do about it?” — Spike Lee
Filmmaker Spike Lee sits down with “Viewpoint” host John Fugelsang to discuss the role of artists in society and the essential film list he hands out to his graduate students at New York University.
Fugelsang asks where does America need to go after the George Zimmerman acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and Lee says, “If I gave an answer, I’d be lying…one of the biggest criticisms of “Do The Right Thing” was that at the end of that movie, Spike Lee did not provide the answer to racism or prejudice. I don’t know the answer.” He adds, “I don’t know if artists, if an artist’s job is to come up with answers — I think we gotta hold a mirror up and say…this is what’s happening and what are we gonna do about it?”
Later on in the interview, Fugelsang asks about Lee’s essential film list that he passes out to his graduate students at NYU. Lee says, “First day of class, every year…I tell my students — if you wanna be a filmmaker, a real serious filmmaker, you gotta see these films.”
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